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was in a black and white halloween costume. local media reported she was shot in the stomach and shoulder and is in critical condition. >> he is extremely devastated by the actions that took place. i mean, it's a tragic incident that occurred. it's not something he ever dreamed would happen. >> a japanese teenager was shot and killed 20 years ago in the state of louisiana. hatori, too, was wearing a halloween costume. the man mistook him for an intruder. his family and friends gathered over the weekend to remember him. >>> struggling japanese electronics maker sharp is fighting to reclaim its share of the market. its sales team is offering up new smartphones and tablet computers featuring next-generation liquid crystal display panels. sharp executives say the new models will be market ready as early as next month. they say their lcds consume a fifth of the power used by conventional models, allowing users to enjoy longer battery life. company officials added that the new screen is also more sensitive. the surface of their devices can respond to the tip of a pen. sharp executives say the n
and minority muslims called rohingyas. local authorities say the latest wave of violence has killed 84 people and wounded more than 120 others. the international group human rights watch released satellite images of muslim homes in the area. compared with photos from march, they reveal heavy damage. the united nations says the latest fighting has forced more than 22,000 people from their homes. the conflict flared in rakhine in may after a group of muslims allegedly assaulted a buddhist woman. the violence has displaced 75,000 people since then. president thein sein has made a policy of promoting reconciliation between ethnic minorities. the government signed a cease-fire in january with a separatist group called the national union, ending more than 60 years of armed conflict. reconciliation with ethnic minorities was the condition western countries placed on myanmar in exchange for easing economic sanctions along with enacting democratic reforms. but the thein sein administration is finding that the rohingya issue is more complicated. many buddhists think of the muslims as intruders from nei
the next generation has to take care and we have to pass it onto them. >> reporter: cooperation of local people is important. at this village residents have planted walnut trees and other saplingings. villagers take care of them weeding the grass. forest officials explain the importance of conservation and villagers can use the budget from the project toward repair ing and gain favor with their community. >> if you have a project coming up in a particular village, they'll get an assurance, okay, the project has come. it's for the benefit of the village. so in that respect, more people, more villages coming to join us. >> reporter: training local people to conserve requires long-term financial support. developing nations are calling on advanced economies to allocate more money to the important cause of preserving global heritage. >>> teenage pregnancy rates in many countries are higher than the asian average and rising. that's a concern given the potential health implications for young mothers. international organizations such as unicef warn that pregnancy can harm a young girl's body and
starts from about $11,000, almost the same as chinese model. nissan kept costs down by using more locally made parts. nissan executives hoped the new car launch would jump-start sales in the country. but the timing couldn't have been worse. anti-japanese sentiment is running high. company managers say the impact on sales has been larger than expected. >> this is the kind of crisis that we don't really like because completely outside of reach of companies. you know, political situations, very emotional between the two countries, and you're caught in the middle. >> reporter: japanese automakers have been forced to keep a lower profile since the senkaku issue erupted. that means no product promotion. this motor show held last month is a key event on the industry calendar. but honda, mitsubishi and fuji all pulled out at the last moment. the situation is made worse by a threatening consumer boycott targeting japanese products. >> translator: because of the senkaku issue, i'm going to buy a german car. >> translator: given the political problems, i don't think it's a good idea to buy a japanes
lebanon between groups that support and oppose the syrian government of bashar al assad. local media reported exchanges of fire involving automatic weapons and mortars. the violence was triggered by the killing of a top lebanese security official last week. he was known as a lead og poentd of the syrian president. his death was seen as an act of retaliation by the pro-assad faction in lebanon. the tensions are driving a wedge between the people, mainly sunni factions opposed to the syrian president are fighting against the shia group hezbollah and other sympathizers of bashar al assad. >>> a high-ranking syrian official says president assad welcomes in principle the cease-fire proposal by the united nations and the arab league. syria's deputy foreign minister faisal mekdad made the remarks on monday in an interview with nhk. president assad met with the united nations and envoy lakhdar brahimi sunday in damascus. brahimi called for a cease-fire between government and opposition forces starting on friday, the first day of aislamc eid al adha, a muslim holiday. deputy foreign minister
, and we will continue to speak with local authorities. >> earlier, keikichi hanada spoke to nhk world's who covered this story. >> we saw tens of thousands of people turn up at the rally last month. what drives these people? >> quite simply, they fear for their safety. their houses and their children's schools are stone's throws away from the fences around the air base. many of them saw what could happen eight years ago. a u.s. helicopter crashed on the grounds of a nearby university, so they're fighting against aircraft that they see as unreliable. >> so, why did u.s. and japanese officials go ahead? >> well, they went ahead for logistic and strategic reasons. the marines have been using helicopters that are obsolete, so they need to find a replacement. on the strategic level, u.s. military commanders are implementing a new defense strategy with more emphasis on the asia pacific region. some security analysts say they're doing so to counter china's military buildup. and that's where the osprey's advanced capabilities come in. it flies faster and five times further than the helicopter
says power companies should bear the primary responsibility of winning approval of local municipalities for resuming construction of nuclear plants. he says this remains unchanged from before last year's disaster. >>> members of japan's nuclear regulation authority say they'll examine the ohma plant using new safety standards. they say they won't allow the facility to operate unless it meets the requirements. >>> unemployment in the 17-nation eurozone remained at record highs in august. the european union statistics agency said the jobless rate remained at 11.4%-that means unemployment in the zone stayed at record levels for three straight months. spain's jobless rate hit 25.1%, the highest in the country and the worst in the zone. for people under 25, the rate was 52.9%. 15.9% of people in portugal are out of work and 15% in ireland. tough employment conditions continue in those countries that are implementing austerity measures with assistance from the eu and imf. for greece, the latest data were available only for june. unloimt in the country stood at 24.4% in that month, up 2.7 perc
've been out into yangon to find out. local people enjoy a cool evening at one of the city's newest hot spots. globalization has finally arrived in this once-closed economy, and with it comes consumerism. this shopping mall opened up just this year. there are many foreign products on sale, and locals can't get enough of them. modern fashions, including denim and short skirts, are becoming popular. people in yangon are starting to experience shopping as pleasure. it even has three movie screens, one of the first multiplex cinemas in myanmar. at the shops, cosmetics from south korea are especially popular with fashionable females. >> translator: i like korean cosmetics because they're easy to use and look natural. also they're quite affordable. myanmar is opening up, and there are lots of business opportunities. life is getting better. >> reporter: in the bustling city center, old-fashioned lifestyles are on the way out. the conversation is starting to change. this here is a stand where people would come to make their phone calls. but not anymore. as like most other countries, cell phones
has been met with fierce local opposition, and is years behind schedule. the relocation agreement came about because of another case of sexual assault back in 1995. three u.s. servicemen raped a 12-year-old girl. the incident enraged okinawans. as many as 100,000 people gathered to protest against the u.s. military presence. this latest case of sexual assault, along with the deployment of the osprey aircraft could further inflame u.s. military sentiment in okinawa. and further delay the move. people watching to see how authorities from both countries deal with this incident. in 1995 rape case brought japan/u.s. security ties close to a breaking point. if the japanese and u.s. government fail to act to create appropriately they could put the future of at liance in question. >> all right. thanks very much. >>> u.s. president barack obama and republican challenger mitt romney have held their second televised debate three weeks ahead of the presidential election. the debate on tuesday featured questions from more than 80 uncommitted voters. the atmosphere was far more heated than in their
in the state. the local government says at least 84 people have been killed. the conflict first erupted earlier this year after a group of muslims allegedly assaulted a buddhist woman. the united states is delivering food and supplies to refugees in the area. >> the camp is already hosting most of the 75,000 people who remain displaced from the wave of violence that broke out in june this year with a new influx, these already overcrowded camps are being stretched beyond capacity in terms of space, shelter and basic supplies. >>> meanwhile the associate of southeast nations -- urging the international community to help myanmar. >> i see a concern of spearhead humanitarian engagement just to help the people to relieve the pressure, to relieve the suffering and the pain and then there are other issues that we are seeing that has to be taken up by the international community, by the global institutions, like the un. >> north korea intends to hold a major event next year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the the armistice that ended the korean war and maybe using the occasion to improve ties with
to be created in order to address local needs. i think that is going to be an area which is going to be an option for the policymakers. >> okay, all right. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> okay. >>> two days down, two more to go. still lots on the agenda here. finance ministers from the group of seven nations will be getting down to business tomorrow. as you can imagine, they, too, will address the dilemma over the european debt. they'll discuss how those programs affect china and will talk about the risks of what might happen politically in the united states, so be sure to stay with us here. lots more coming up from the tokyo international forum. >> that was ron madison reporting from the imf world bank meeting venue. >>> top imf and world bank representatives spent their day talking about risks of a different kind. they traveled to a disaster mitigation conference in northeastern japan, the region that bore the brunt of last year's earthquake and tsunami. world bank officials say it's in everyone's interest to better manage the threats posed by nature, and they say people in japan
such as training local, army, and police personnel. they also decided to draw up complex withdrawal plans by early next year, including the number of personnel and budget. as the date for complete exit approaches, it is imperative for nato to restore security in afghanistan or criticism of the exit plan will intensify. takashi ichinose, nhk world, brussels. >>> criticism is mounting against an insurgent attack on a teenage pakistani girl. the backlash is not limited to pakistan as members of the international community are expressing outrage at the shooting. >> translator: we are very sad that an attack targeted a harmless girl who was just seeking her right to an education. >> translator: such an assault on innocent people is not allowed in islam or any other religion. women and children should not become targets. neither should innocent or unarmed civilians. >> reuters reports that the pakistani president, prime minister, and other political leaders denounce the incident. malala yousufazi, a 14-year-old student, was shot and critically wounded on tuesday on her way home from school in her hometo
with locals, and it's also attracting tourists. >> in the western media you don't see stuff like this, so it's really interesting. >> reporter: people in north korea are currently enjoying a traditional holiday period. they take time to honor their ancestors and relax. their leader is never far from their minds. >> translator: kim jong-un is devoting himself to run the country to better its people's lives. we're enjoying the holiday, praising kim jong-un and the workers party. >> reporter: the people we met make up a small percentage of the population. north korean authorities only allow foreign media to interact with those who are well-off. u.n. world food program representatives estimate 60 million people or 70% of the population are not getting enough food. heavy rains and several typhoons this summer have made the situation worse, and they expect north koreans, mainly in rural areas, will face a severe food shortage this coming winter. improving the standard of living across the country is one of kim jong-un's many challenges, although unlike amusement parks or restaurants, he and his of
bullying, but local governments have started passing regulations to address the issue. they're informing educators, parents, and others in the community that they have a responsibility to protect children. >>> an 11-year-old boy has discovered the remains of an exceptionally well-preserved mammoth in siberia. experts say this kind of discovery is a once in a century event. the male mammoth was found on the taymyr peninsula in siberia. his remains date back to 30,000 years ago. the animal is believed to have died at the age of 15 or 16. experts say the permafrost left the organs, bones, and flesh in an exceptional state of preservation. the find indicates that mammoths were able to survive harsh winter conditions by storing a massive amount of fat in their humps. >>> a storm is hovering over the south china sea. for more on the weather forecast, here's mai shoji. mai? >>> yes, gene, absolutely right. you have -- we have a storm over the south china sea which looks like it's going to be intensifying into a severe tropical storm in the next 24/48 before it makes landfall over southern vietn
to minus 4 degrees. you see some tourists enjoying the frost on local farms. absolutely beautiful there, but very cold and definitely marking the end of the growing season out across much of that area indeed here. it does look like things are going to continue to remain chilly across much of japan. very autumn-like here. even on wednesday, you might see some light rain showers into tokyo, and thursday into friday, see this low-pressure area over korea right now, that is going to be pushing over towards japan, evening bringing snow showers to the china/russia border. we're also talking about the tropics today. this tie fan moving of of ever so slowly off towards the northwest at this time. it's expected to start to turn north and then eventually northeast by the end of the week. the main threat with this storm system is going to be the waves. near the center of circulation, 10-meter-high waves could be seen. definitely any shipping traffic through this area is going to be roughed up, but also along the coast in the southern japanese islands, okinawa, luzon, about 4-meter-high rough surf
local support. they also say he has a high-handled political style. many venezuelans have been frustrated with high inflation and worried about chavez' health. the president has been battling cancer. >>> now here's your three-day world weather forecast. ♪ >>> here's our top story again. two pioneers of stem cell research have won the nobel prize in nizology or medicine. japan's shinya yamanaka shares the honor with britain's john b. gurdon. both discovered mature specialized cells can eventually develop into all of the tissues ma make up the body. >> the nobel assembly institute has today decided to award the nobel prize in physiology or medicine 2012 jointly to john b. gurdon and shinya yamanaka. >> the nobel assembly in stockholm, sweden, made the announcement monday. yamanaka is 50 years old. he's a professor at kyoto university. he established the method to produce a new type of cells called induced pluripotent cells or ips cells. they're capable of becoming specialized cells which can be used to develop neurons or heart muscle. john b. gurdon was the first to hypothesize
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